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Estonian forest wildlife

The fauna of the Estonian forest is very rich. The large expanses of forest allow to find many different species of animals. Here are some that caught my attention and with which I coincided while carrying the camera with me. The Wolf (Canis lupus) The Wolf (Canis lupus), or gray wolf, It is a majestic animal that can be found in Estonian forests. In 2018, it was selected to be Estonia’s national mammal and its image could be found in […]

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How to take photos of lightning during the day

Method of capturing the image of lightning in a storm cloud during the day. During the summer months storms are very common, many of them discharge numerous lightning that are a great spectacle. When the storm clouds approach, it is a sign that we have to prepare if we want to take lightning photographs. The best time to photograph them is at night but sometimes these storms happen during the day, how to photograph them? During the night, it is […]

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Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE from Estonia

Here are some images of the Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE from Estonia  (July 7 to 18 2020). On its way through the Estonian skies the comet crossed over storms and Noctilucent clouds (NLC). On those dates there is no night in Estonia. From mid-May to the end of July, the night in Estonia is replaced by a nautical twilight that barely showing the brightest stars.  This made it impossible to appreciate the details of the comet or to be able […]

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The Kolga Manor Mansion in Estonia

The Kolga manor mansion can pass as insignificant in sight of the average tourist. However, this peculiar, unrestored, but well-preserved, empty building is magnetic to many photographers and filmmakers looking for a place with personality and an aesthetic of an aged and missed classicism. Its owners have chained unique and dark stories that make it even more interesting. Kolga’s mansion is one of those types of buildings with heavy doors, intricate stairs, dark corners and a multitude of details that […]

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Noctilucent Clouds NLC over Estonia – Video

Spectacular noctilucent clouds NLC filmed from Estonia. 4K quality. Estonia is a prime location for viewing these types of clouds. During clear summer nights they can be seen standing out in the sky.

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Donut-shaped mutant Marguerite daisy: Fasciation

No, it is not Fukushima. Yes, it is a mutation. This is a curious case of fasciation. It is rare, but not unusual for Marguerite daisies. According to Wikipedia: Fasciation, is a relatively rare condition of abnormal growth in vascular plants in which the apical meristem (growing tip), which normally is concentrated around a single point and produces approximately cylindrical tissue, instead becomes elongated perpendicularly to the direction of growth, thus producing flattened, ribbon-like, crested (or “cristate”), or elaborately contorted, […]

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Estonian Fossils

Finding fossils in Estonia is easier than I expected. They are everywhere.

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Experience with Sony Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA in Astrophotography and Infrared

Sony Zeiss 35mm 1.4 Distagon It is not sharp and clear from corner to corner. Infrared photography, not recommended.

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Glass Bead Bow – OPOD – Optics Picture of the Day

If one day you are walking and you realize that your shadow has a halo, do not panic, it has an explanation. One of my photos selected and explained today in OPOD Optics Picture Of the Day. https://www.atoptics.co.uk/fza199.htm Very grateful to Les Cowley for his fantastic work in illustrating and explaining all these atmospheric phenomena.

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Cloud, Birds, Moon, Venus available now in Society6

I am glad that there are people who continue to ask for impressions of the photograph Cloud, Birds, Moon, Venus. To make it easier, finally, I decided to put it in Society6 and adapt it not only to large prints but to many other supports. I hope this cheers up those who want to get their copy. https://society6.com/isaacgp

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Total Lunar Eclipse of 2019 Jan 21

Eclipse at MoonSet https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/January_2019_lunar_eclipse

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My photographs in the book The Ultimate Guide to Stargazing

Finally, the book The Ultimate Guide to Stargazing was published by the Australian author Gregg D Thompson. I have had the pleasure of contributing with my photographs. This book is an extensive and updated work that explains the most important topics of the observation of the sky in a broad and detailed manner. Suitable both for those who start in astronomy and for those who already enjoy it. You can buy it in https://theultimateguidetostargazing.com/product/the-ultimate-guide-to-stargazing/

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Bye bye Canon

Since 2005 I have been a user of Canon photographic material, with which I have made more than 500,000 photos. Today, I have nothing more of this brand, I have left Canon. Since then I have owned: Canon Eos 5D (2x bodies) Canon Eos 5D Mark II Canon Eos 5D Mark III Canon Eos 1D Mark III Canon Eos 50D Canon Eos 6D Canon Eos 350D Canon Ef-s 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 Canon Ef-s 17-85mm 4.5-5.6 Canon Ef 17-40mm 4 Canon Ef […]

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Noctilucent Cloud after Moon Eclipse

Stunning clouds before sunrise. Please, zoom in on the image to see how many details these clouds offer. Click here to get in High Resolution 7111x4000px (All rights reserved) (Save Link As…) Noctilucent Cloud in Estonia by Isaac GP

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APOD 2018

CLOUDS, BIRDS, MOON, VENUS again in the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day This image has been selected again as NASA APOD. Here you can see all the data about this picture.

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Partial Lunar Eclipse of 2018 January 31

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/January_2018_lunar_eclipse

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Moonrise in the mountain

These images are a part of a long time project that I’m doing. Climbing the mountain, you can feel how the air changes, the light becomes harder and the colors are more intense. You feel your body and your breathing, something that does not happen every day. As a part of my project, I asked people why are they going to the mountain? The reason doesn’t matter – all are attracted by a kind of call. Up there you can […]

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The best of 2017

He has filled our universe with color

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Radioactive lenses and airports

My thing with airports is not new. I like to fly and I get on an airplane whenever I have the opportunity. There is always some anecdote to tell: something forgotten in a pocket when passing the security arch, an aborted landing at the last second because another plane is crossed on the runway, etc. But this story is quite curious: My plane had just landed. The typical trip in which one carries a large suitcase and a small cabin […]

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Very Bad Lens for Astrophotography – Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

I do not usually make reviews of photographic material, but recently a friend told me excited that he had bought a Canon EF 50mm f / 1.4 USM to take astronomy photographs and after doing some tests he realized that he had been wrong. The most striking when it begins to be used, especially at f / 1.4, is the coma: This defect causes this objective to be inappropriate for astrophotography at apertures close to f / 1.4, since the […]

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Collaborating with the EstCUBE2 Satellite project

I’m glad to collaborate in the development of the next Estonian Satellite project EstCUBE2. This time my role will not be as photographer but like Mechanical Engineer, collaborating and mentoring in the structure team. The mission has targets like demonstrating the deorbiting technology plasma brake, the interplanetary propulsion by using the wind sail among others. It is awesome to participate in this scientific and educative project that generates scientific results and also has great academic results (thesis, publications …) I […]

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Transit of Mercury 2016

Mercury Transit on May 9, 2016 This phenomenon goes unnoticed by most people. Even in the photographs it is difficult to understand what is happening. Mercury passes in front of the sun, and sometimes we can see it from Earth. Since the size of Mercury is so small compared to the Sun, what we see is a small point that is Mercury on the surface of the sun at sunset. This is called Transit of Mercury. You have to look […]

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The best of 2015

She is the big star that has changed our lives.

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Summer ends

Summer ends

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Baltic Halos – OPOD – Optics Picture of the Day

Today in Optics Picture of the Day my Baltic Halos

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Eclipse & Equinox

Cloudy and partial solar eclipse during the equinox.

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Moonshine Movies, copyright scammers

Mike Hill was discovered stealing my image “Clouds, Birds, Moon, Venus” for his enterprises Moonshine Agency and Moonshine Movies. In 2010 Mike Hill from Melbourne (Australia), contacted me to acquire a license in order to print one copy of my photo “Clouds, Birds, Moon, Venus” for his personal use. In his e-mail (you can see here completely), he asked me: “… to pay a small license fee enabling me to access a high resolution version of the photo to print one […]

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Diario Córdoba newspaper about Aurora Boreal Storm

Read the article online (spanish) Texto de la noticia Auroras boreales vistas por un cordobés Isaac Gutiérrez, cordobés residente en Estonia, es un apasionado de la astronomía que capturó con su cámara espectaculares instantáneas del reciente fenómeno que se produjo a causa de una tormenta de sol   Imagen de la aurora boreal captada en un bosque cercano a la capital de Estonia, Tallín. – Foto:ISAAC GP Mezcla de color y luminosidad en la noche. – Foto:ISAAC GP   FRANCISCO […]

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Bardenas Reales, Geological Landscape

Geological landscape of Bardenas Reales (Spain)

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Thunderstorm in the Baltic Sea

Thunder storm over the Baltic Sea.

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Fog sunset

Fog sunset in Atmospheric Landscapes

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Common European Viper

Vipera berus

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Happy new year

September is the new January. The summer is gone, back to work, back to school…a new time begins.

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Following the path of folklore

You can see how the fabrics are all labeled by the regions where they originally come from…

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Aerobatic paints

Aerobatic paints, playing with the clouds.

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El Toro

Meeting a Spanish symbol

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Under zero

For someone who comes from a warm country it is extremely exotic to enjoy several degrees under zero. Well, this is the beginning of a project in process.

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Geese fly formation theory

Why the geese fly in “V” formation? Geese fly theory revised considering aerodynamic and social factors.

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APOD 2013

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Occultation of Jupiter by the Moon – July 15, 2012

One of the moments during occultation of Jupiter by the Moon.

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Sunset and Artic tern

May in Estonia

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A snake in my photo bag

This was one of those afternoons in which I went to see the Moon and the planets Venus and Jupiter sunset over the horizon. Getting to the most interesting places is not always easy, you have to make a path that does not exist loaded with bags and backpacks of material. I went with my friend Jose Luis, he is also passionate about these kinds of moments. We got to a good place, we left the bags on the ground […]

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Total Lunar Eclipse of 2011 Jun 15

Total Lunar Eclipse of 2011 Jun 15 from Spain

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Thanks for the comments

Some days ago I found that a guy self-assigns himself the authorship of my photo Clouds, Birds, Moon, Venus in the forum of SodaHead. Fortunately, two other members of the same forum (to whom I want to give thanks) put him in his place. Take a look: I want to thank all the people who inform me about the abuses that other “artists” or “photographers” do with my pictures, I really appreciate your cooperation and assistance. The phenomenon of photographers […]

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Baricco, The essence of the portrait

Baricco, Mr Gwyn and the essence of the portrait

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APOD 2010

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Milky Way, Scorpius and Sagittarius

Visiting the Observatory of Calar Alto in Spain, I don’t lose the opportunity to take a picture of the Milky Way in the region of Scorpius and Sagittarius constellations.

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Santiago de Compostela: The Windows

Santiago de Compostela is a city of Christian pilgrimage. All roads lead to Santiago de Compostela. The entire city is organized around a tomb, the Sepulcher of the Apostle Santiago. It is rooted in the myth of the resurrection, of self-sacrifice to be reborn in a different, presumably better way. It is the basis of many Christian and also pagan rituals. You must first die, sacrifice yourself, deliver what is most valuable to you, suffering before redemption. The visitors, normally […]

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